Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM CST

Training ends at 4:00 PM

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Bill Johnson 
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling 

An Overview of Gambling, Ex-Offenders, and the Criminal Justice System

Featuring Dr. Laura April Rosen and Michelle Malkin, JD, MS, BA

April 9, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Fee $25.00
IAODAPCA/IDFPR Continuing Education
3 Hours

This training is essential for professionals who work with people that have a gambling disorder.

Part 1 with Dr. Laura April Rosen

The population that has been found to have the highest rate of problem gambling is forensic populations, with gambling problems often present prior to,during, and following incarceration. At the same time, gambling problems are frequently not addressed by the criminal justice system, and more information is needed on how to best intervene with this vulnerable population and determine barriers to treatment. This presentation will review the relevant literature on problem gambling among offender populations, as well as discuss two research studies: 1) The first study examines the impact of problem gambling on recidivism risk, 2) and the second study examines a brief online treatment for ex-offenders with disordered gambling. Practical recommendations for screening and addressing problem gambling in forensic populations will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Webinar participants will be able to:

1. Understand the relationship between gambling and crime.

2. Summarize the relevant literature on problem gambling among forensicpopulations.

3. Recognize the need to screen for and assess the potential impact of problemgambling among forensic populations, and, be knowledgeable on how to screen forproblem gambling using valid and reliable instruments.

Part 2 with Michelle Malkin

"What my Research and Personal Experience Demonstrate about Gambling-Motivated Crime"

In this presentation, Michelle L. Malkin draws on her personal experience and academic research on gambling-motivated crime to help explain why problem gambler's commit crimes, their experiences in the criminal justice system, and how the criminal justice system needs to provide more resources for problem gamblers accused of such crimes. This presentation provides details on how different types of strain, including those directly caused by gambling, may lead some problem gamblers to commit crimes and the types of crimes they are most likely to commit. The presentation will provide advice for counselors to give clients who are facing potential criminal consequences from their gambling.



Dr. Rosen is a licensed psychologist in Missouri.  She completed her doctoral training at Saint Louis University under the mentorship of Dr. Jeremiah Weinstock.  Dr. Rosen’s graduate research focused on the intersection of problem gambling and ex-offender populations, in particular how problem gambling may lead to an increased risk of recidivism.  She was the 2015 recipient of the Joanna Franklin Scholarship from the Midwest Consortium on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse which is an award that recognizes new professionals in the field of problem gambling.  Dr. Rosen currently works for the Missouri Department of Mental Health as a Certified Forensic Examiner.  She conducts court-related evaluations and testifies as needed as an expert witness.

Michelle Malkin is in recovery from a Gambling Disorder, and now a PhD student and researcher on the consequences of gambling addiction with a focus on gender and gambling motivated crime. She is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice. Her doctoral cognate is in Public Health. Michelle holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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